Saturday, 08:00 and it was a bit chilly as we left Ashford Hall, Croesyceiliog, following our usual route along Jerusalem Lane and out to Monkswood and Glascoed. I was back on my winter Langdale bike with a few improvements, new shifters, new, wheels, tyres  and cranks. Nick was on one of his many Weste Ross bikes, he seems to have one for every occasion! After stopping in Usk the ride continued past the gliding club and up the marvellous climb to Pen-y-Clawdd. The new breed of cyclists, whom I wrote about a few weeks ago, seemed a bit thin on the ground today, perhaps it was the colder weather? However, forecasts promised 14 degrees later. The climb up from Mitchell Troy to the upper world of the Trellech plateau gave spectacular view of the surrounding areas. The road to Penallt Old Church, had recently been resurfaced by Monmouthshire County Council and indeed it was a smooth ride along this quiet, picturesque lane. Here the Brothers ate Tonti pies that I had made myself, a Caribbean recipe (I think!) they were nice and spicy! The road toward Trellech beckoned and before long we were in the beautiful sunny trees of the Peckett Stone woods. Climbing out of the trees and on to the asphalt road at Trellech Hill, at 283 metres, was the highest point of the day. After looking for the old observatory which seems to have disappeared a fast ride took place down to Trellech, Llanishen, and Llansoy. The narrow short cut track was taken here but the combination of  hedge cutting and wet roads took it's toll and we both had punctures! These were quickly mended and the ride continued back home through Usk, Prescoed, Coed-y-Paen and the Trehebert road.....73km  with 1240 metres of climbing.

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